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  1. The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    That's hardly proof. I'm talking about reports, presentations, media releases from either of the two parties. News reports are subject to spin and politicization. Reports are far less susceptible to it. And you'd be surprised to find out how much of what you hear is bullshit, because of things like "broken telephone" and rumours that your co-workers spread. The trick is to cut through the bullshit - from both sides - to get to the actual heart of the matter. Dan
  2. The Confederation Line [Under Construction]

    Got proof for any of that? Dan
  3. Streetcar News

    While that is kind of the gist of it, the true story is also a bit more complex than just that. It involved the then-CGM ordering a group of vehicles without board approval, and a former TTC board member-slash-councillor who was known for being a bit hard to get along with. But no, the supposed "free" 12 buses had nothing to do with any of that. Dan
  4. GO Transit

    What you didn't see in that video was: - The driver finding an appropriate location to stop to be able to unload the passenger. - The driver activating the parking brake and putting the vehicle in neutral. - The driver exiting the vehicle and walking back to the lift. - The driver removing the remote and turning on the lift. - The driver replacing the remote and turning off the lift. - The driver walking back into the door and getting back in. - The driver walking back to the wheelchair location on the bus and returning the seats to their regular configuration. - The driver returning to his seat. - The driver dealing with the passengers who'd been waiting patiently to pay for their trip. While the vast majority of those steps are quite quick and can take quite literally a couple of seconds, that doesn't change the fact that there are a lot of steps in the procedure to disembark a wheelchair that the video just doesn't cover. And this is just one of the two times that this needs to be done EVERY SINGLE TIME a passenger in a wheelchair requests to board. It's not just the 1.5 minutes. It never has been just the 1.5 minutes. It's everything that has to be done to go with that 1.5 minutes. That's what MCI is trying to prevent by their design, and a big reason why GO has moved to the double-deckers. Dan
  5. GO Transit

    It doesn't necessarily take 15 minutes. But they've found that they need to budget 15 minutes into the schedule to allow for it to happen. The example of an Orion V is a poor one as well, as the driver can do it from his seat - that's simply not the case on a highway coach. You also seem to be missing the fact that if it happens that it requires it being done twice on the trip. They don't just load the passenger and have them ride around all day. They will be disembarking at their destination. Contest it all you want, you're still wrong. The fact of the matter is that on average a highway coach in commuter service is only going to have a small fraction of the luggage of one being used in mainline service. Yeah, there are situations where there needs to be luggage on a GO run - why do you think that they spec'd the design of the SuperLos with the baggage section at the back? But as a general rule? Nope, they'll only need one luggage bin, rather than the three. Dan
  6. Streetcar News

    Absolutely it's been mixed. Just because they look the same doesn't mean that all of the mechanical bits are, too. Do you think that every single New Look bus that the TTC ordered was the exact same? Those 12 weren't free. Dan
  7. GO Transit

    You need to watch to see how long it take to deploy and run the lift. Remember that for a highway coach to get loaded the lift needs to deploy, lower about 5 feet to the ground, get loaded, raise another 5 feet and have the passenger transfer into the vehicle and get tied down before stowing. And then, all that gets repeated in reverse to unload. This vehicle is aimed primarily at commuter operators such as GO, which have far less need for the baggage areas under the floor than a mainline carrier such as Greyhound. Most of the time that space is empty and wasted. Dan
  8. Streetcar News

    Why fly to Melbourne? The TTC has been operating a mixed fleet on the streetcar, subway and bus systems for many, many, many years. While there is a sort of critical mass necessary in order to optimize the maintenance abilities of a mixed fleet, having 100 cars of a different manufacturer in a 300-car fleet is most certainly not a major concern from a maintenance standpoint. Dan
  9. GO Transit

    Why change now? Because it can be a 15 minute hit to the schedule to load or unload a wheelchair on a highway coach. This promises to greatly improve on that. The whole point of this is not to allow for more wheelchairs or more seats, but rather to allow them to load and unload in the same amount of time as a regular passenger and still maintain a similar capacity. It wouldn't have necessarily been the way I would have done it, but I'm trusting that MCI did its homework with this design. Dan
  10. Streetcar News

    Considering that Bombardier has been shipping on average better than a car a week since the middle of September, they would have to have been. Dan
  11. GO Transit

    Indeed, there had been discussions about how to deal with the issue of the "last mile" into York U for several years, and last year it sounded like they had come up with a viable solution. That everyone is going to be sticking with the status quo upon the opening of the line - and that the announcements of that are being done with so much time before the opening of the extension - is evidence to me that the discussions had catastrophically fallen apart at some point in the past year or so. Oh, to be a fly on the wall... Dan
  12. Gillig product discussion

    Sure, you don't have any of those maintenance headaches to deal with. But there are all sorts of other ones that are specific to batteries. Bad cells/banks of cells that need to be changed out, high voltage lines that need constant monitoring, control circuitry and equipment that may fail and need to be replaced....to name just a couple that come up off of the top of my head. Oh, and don't forget that servicing these kinds of problems require all-new training for the maintenance staff as well as all-new equipment, which isn't exactly a inconsequential cost, either. Dan
  13. CP Power

    Indeed, that agrees with the most recent information I have as well. Dan
  14. CP Power

    Yup, some of the older 9500s - a couple of them have already been outshopped. The more interesting one will be the on-again, off-again, on-again impending rebuild of the 90MACs - and whether they actually follow through with it. Dan
  15. CP Power

    In addition to that.... There are a number of rebuild programs that are currently scheduled for the next couple of years that will return some older, stored units back to service. Unless traffic goes up substantially, there really isn't a need to invest in brand new power. Dan